Post-Doctoral Position in Cross-Cultural Development of Supernatural Beliefs

The Childhood Cognition Lab (PI: Rebekah Richert; at the University of California, Riverside (UCR) is inviting applications for a full-time post-doctoral researcher to join the Developing Belief Network (; Project Directors: Rebekah Richert and Kathleen Corriveau). A 5-year John Templeton Foundation grant funds an international network of scholars conducting a cross-cultural study of the development of religious cognition and behavior. The post-doctoral scholar will have the exciting opportunity to work with an international network of scholars and will be trained in team science and collaborative research, cross-cultural validation of measures, and collection of an expansive and global data set on the development of supernatural beliefs in the first 10 years of life.

The Post-Doctoral Researcher will be an active member of a team, working collaboratively with PIs Richert and Corriveau, as well as with a Core Leadership Team composed of a Post-Doctoral Project Manager, a Post-Doctoral Researcher and Research Scientist at Boston University and with representatives from Databrary. The Post-Doctoral Researcher also will work closely with 4 research teams (their home institution plus 3 others) to coordinate with site PIs on task translation/validation and in training and implementation of data collection. In addition, the Post-Doctoral Researcher will take a lead role in data collection at UC Riverside and will oversee data collection in the Yucatán. The Post-Doctoral Researcher additionally will lead data analysis and manuscript writing as data are collected. The scholar will also be encouraged to develop and conduct independent research.

The annual stipend and benefits will be commensurate with UCR guidelines and in accordance with experience and qualifications.  The approximate start date is July 1, 2022, but later start dates can be considered. Postdoc salary will be $54,540-$65,292 depending on experience.

Minimum Requirements: PhD in Psychology or a related discipline, Experience coordinating a project that involves multiple individuals with varying levels of expertise, Excellent written and oral communication skills, Proficiency with statistical analysis; Preferred Qualifications: Experience working with people from a variety of cultural backgrounds; Fluency in Spanish.

Application Instructions: Applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, Statement of Research, and Statement of Past/Present Contributions to Advancing Diversity and Inclusive Excellence, and the names of 3 references. Please apply at References will be contacted for letters separately. Review of applications will begin on April 15, 2022, and will continue until the position is filled.

University of California COVID-19 Vaccination Program Policy: As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. New University of California employees must (a) provide proof of receiving at least one dose of a COVID-19 Vaccine no later than 14 calendar days after their first date of employment and provide proof of Full Vaccination no later than eight weeks after their first date of employment; or (b) if applicable, submit a request for Exception or Deferral no later than 14 calendar days after their first date of employment. Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

Questions can be emailed to Dr. Rebekah Richert (

University of California, Riverside:  UCR is a world-class research University with an exceptionally diverse undergraduate student body. Its mission is explicitly linked to providing routes to educational success for underrepresented and first-generation college students. A commitment to this mission is a preferred qualification.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Rebekah A. Richert, Ph.D.